Common disorders of the outer and middle ear


  • Outer and middle ear disorders
  • Key Facts
  • Otitis externa
  • Otitis externa treatment
  • Earwax
  • Otitis media
  • Otitis media with effusion (OME)
  • Chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM)
  • Instilling ear drops
  • Assessment questions
  • Action & Evaluation

Outer and middle ear disorders

This module will help pharmacy technicians improve their understanding of the treatment pathways for common disorders of the outer and middle ear.

Learning objectives

After reading this module, pharmacy technicians will be able to:

  • Identify common conditions that affect the ears
  • Explain the management options and possible complications if the problem is left unchecked
  • Advise those patients who present a prescription or ask for an OTC recommendation.

Contributing author: Asha Fowells, pharmacist and clinical writer.

Originally Published by Training Matters